Neuroscientists Discover A Song That Reduces Anxiety By 65 Percent

The feeling of dread, fear, worry, and panic is nothing new to most people, and today the disease of anxiety thrives among people of all ages!

For many years, pharmaceutical drugs were the treatment of choice for anxiety. Cognitive therapy proved encouraging too. Others took a holistic route and opted for meditation, massage, yoga and various techniques like autogenic relaxation.

And in the past music therapy brought some success but nothing significant worth noting. Now, however, neuroscientists in the U.K. discovered a single song which results in an incredible 65% decrease in overall anxiety.

Generation Y and Anxiety

A 2013 survey observed that 57% of American female university students described undergoing “overwhelming anxiety.” And in the United Kingdom, the charity YouthNet found 1 in 3 young women and 1 in 10 young men experience panic attacks.

Sane Charity CEO, Marjorie Wallace, thinks that generation Y (those born in the 1980s and 1990s) form the age of desperation. “Growing up has always been difficult, but this sense of desperation? That’s new,” she says.

Rachael Dove wrote the following in Anxiety: the epidemic sweeping through Generation Y:

“So, what’s going on? The rise of technology, overly-protective parenting and “exam-factory” schooling are among the reasons psychologists suggest for our generational angst. Another, brought up on multiple occasions by my peers and by psychologists I spoke to, is the luxury (as ungrateful as it sounds) of too much choice.”

London psychologist Pieter Kruger declares that study shows people who think they do not have a choice are more resilient because they can accuse life or other people if their outcomes in life are not good. But, in another hand, if you have a spectrum of choices, you cannot blame others or circumstances apart from yourself. “We become much more obsessive because we want to make the right decision every time,” tells Kruger.

Writer Claire Eastham, 26, agrees on her blog We Are All Mad Here:

“I spend a lot of time worrying about what I am going to do with my life. Previous generations had the choice taken out of their hands. If you are told what to do it takes the pressure away.”

In our modern world, decision making can make us paralyzed. Usually, we will check many different options for something such as a pair of shoes. And then, information overload will kick in, and the whole shopping venture will become a nightmare, making us feel exhausted and guilty for being disabled to do such a simple task.

Technology has a fair share of the increase of anxiety. Many millennials feel uncomfortable without their smartphones, and it’s almost impossible to see a young person without a smartphone these days. Mobile devices tend to be their way of feeling connected to the world. However, there is a darker side to the need to keep checking social media and knowing what everyone is doing, and this is called Fomo, or the Fear of Missing Out.

“Fomo is very real and can be a constant addiction that affects anxiety levels and a general sense of wellbeing,” says Kruger.

Social media is a tool that enables us to compare everything such as diet, figure, beauty, wealth standard of living, and also relationships. And we can do that not just with our friends but also with celebrities. And research has shown that time spent on social media “can cause depression in people who compare themselves to others.”

Besides limiting exposure to social media, repairing our lifestyles, and learning to work with an overwhelming abundance of choice, neuroscientists discovered that listening to a specially engineered song can influence our levels of anxiety.

The Creation of the Ultimate Anti-Stress Music

Mindlab International researchers in the U.K. wanted to understand what kind of music causes the greatest state of relaxation. The study included participants who tried to solve challenging puzzles which triggered some degree of stress while connected to sensors. While participants completed the tricky problems, they listened to a variety of songs and researchers measured their heart rate, brain activity, the rate of breathing, and blood pressure.

They concluded that one song, “Weightless,” produced a remarkable 65 percent decrease in participants’ anxiety and a 35 percent drop in their standard physiological resting rates.

The Marconi Union designed the song to induce a deep and relaxed state. The musicians worked together with sound therapists to accurately arrange rhythms, harmonies, and bass lines, which then could slow the listener’s blood pressure, heart rate and, while also lowering stress hormones like cortisol.

The music is so powerful that many female participants became drowsy so the lead researcher Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson recommended against listening to this song while driving.

Experience it for yourself and see what you think.


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